Voices for Justice

Peace Church has a vital commitment to working for justice. We are energized and heartened by hearing each other’s stories. Here are brief stories from members of our community to help us learn from each other while we expand our visions and hopes.

Cindy Macaulay:  Shining her Light

Cindy Macaulay: Shining her Light

Cindy Macaulay’s warm presence and friendly smile make people feel welcome at Peace Church. She is a quietly active person around Peace—helping with coffee hour, serving as a lay reader, coordinating shared ministries, participating in spiritual journey groups. As she...

Robin Davidson:  Support on a Healing Journey

Robin Davidson: Support on a Healing Journey

“Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured” — B. K.S. Iyngar If you are ever at Peace Church on a Monday morning, you may see many of our people gathering in the Fireside Room for Robin Davidson’s Soma Yoga class, and then...

Jim Pospisil: Creating Harmony

Jim Pospisil: Creating Harmony

Jim Pospisil believes that the connection between his work and justice boils down to one simple idea: “If you have a gift, it must be shared. Who am I to deny the possibility of love and beauty in this world?” As the music director at Peace Church, Jim shares his...

John Wakefield: Advocating Equal Health Care for Everyone

John Wakefield: Advocating Equal Health Care for Everyone

A son of the Iron Range of Northern Minnesota, John grew up in Buhl, the fifth of six children, proud of his half-Finnish ancestry acquired through his mother. The family identified itself as Lutheran, but didn’t attend services. John joined...

Diana Oestreich: Fighting for Peace With Love

Diana Oestreich: Fighting for Peace With Love

“I don’t know what Saul heard on his road,” Diana Oestreich said, “but my conversion was in a tent in the desert during the Iraq war.” She was twenty-three years old, a combat medic with the Army National Guard. She slept at night with a 9mm beretta by her side. And...

Andy Fena: “Faith is what you do!”

Andy Fena: “Faith is what you do!”

Andy Fena is a “true blue” Northern Minnesotan. “True,” because he is a native son, born and raised in Hibbing, Minnesota in a family with nine other siblings, with Andy as the youngest and his oldest sibling being his sister Lynn, 18 years his senior. “Blue,” because...

John Clark Pegg:  Honoring Interdependence and Seeking Justice

John Clark Pegg: Honoring Interdependence and Seeking Justice

John Pegg grew up in a suburban New York City family, where his parents emphasized the value of education, equity, work, and service. These values provided critical guidance during the deepening of John’s spiritual life. He was raised in Long Island, and his father...

Betty Greene:  Focusing on Fairness and Equity

Betty Greene: Focusing on Fairness and Equity

Betty Greene was raised in Robbinsdale, in a family where both her mother and father emphasized that fairness was a core family value. As Betty moved from the Twin Cities to Carbondale, Illinois, and then to Duluth, each new context added focus to her understanding of...

Lyn Clark Pegg: Seeking Balance and Justice for All Creation

Lyn Clark Pegg: Seeking Balance and Justice for All Creation

One topic that Lyn Clark Pegg cannot remain silent about is unfairness and inequity. “I cannot tolerate intentional human-inflicted suffering—on the earth, on people, on all of creation.” She believes that equity, fairness, balance, and justice are interwoven...

Gary John Boelhower: A Lifelong Journey for Justice

Gary John Boelhower: A Lifelong Journey for Justice

Gary John Boelhower is a recently retired Professor of Theology and Ethics at the College of St. Scholastica, a lifelong justice and peace activist, and the current Moderator of Peace Church. Gary grew up in a rural community in south central Wisconsin, where his...

Jack O’Connell: Finding a Voice through Leadership

Jack O’Connell: Finding a Voice through Leadership

Jack O’Connell’s current justice work is focused on mental illness in high school. In response to a number of recent suicides, he has been reflecting and taking action to help ensure that his classmates have the support they need. “Being a leader in school means you...